Today in Milligan History, 6.24.16

Today in Milligan History

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Happy birthday to Megan Lashes Dula-Eliott and Colin James Hoover!


Good day, Milligan!

Proverbs 24:15-16 –  Do not lurk like a thief near the house of the righteous, do not plunder their dwelling place; for though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again, but the wicked stumble when calamity strikes.

This is Friday, June 24, 2016, and on this day in Milligan history . . . 

1880    A letter from Fannie Shelton (1839-1902) to Sarah Eleanor Larue Hopwood (1846-1935) reports that her husband, Samuel Shelburne (1823-1884), had traveled to Kentucky in order to advertise for the Buffalo Male and Female Institute, the high-school-level fore-runner of Milligan College. The Shelburnes were house parents in “the Big Boarding House” – a three-story house overlooking the campus. A recently re-erected headstone marks the grave of Samuel Shelburne in the Williams Cemetery behind the Baker Faculty Office Center (The FOB).  Letter to Sarah Hopwood from Fannie Shelburne dated June 23, 1880. Found in the Hopwood Correspondence Collection, Milligan College Archives. Cynthia Cornwell (1985), By the Waters of the Buffalo (Johnson City, TN: Overmountain Press, 1989), 113.

1959    The North American Christian Convention opened in Atlanta, GA.  Among the featured speakers was Milligan College history professor Henry Webb (Fide et Amore, Milligan College 1950-1990). Edwin V. Hayden, North American Gold: The Story of 50 North American Christian Conventions (Joplin, MO: College Press, 1989), pp. 61, 67.

1960    Prof. Owen Crouch and a group of seventeen fellow travelers found themselves in Athens, Greece. Dr. Crouch was leading the Milligan College Bible Land Tour. Some of the tour members intended to travel on to Edinburgh, Scotland, for the World Convention of Christian Churches.

2003    Kelly Becker (2005) and Jen Greenwell (2005) gave Profs. Bruce Montgomery (at Milligan since 1995)  and Ted Thomas (ΦΑΘ, at Milligan since 1999), and tour leader Peter Chaplain lessons in the fine art of ballet on the porch of a hotel in Sorrento, Italy, as part of the annual Humanities Tour. Jen Greenwell (2005), Tour Journal, 2003.

2007    Rachel Auel (2005), on the Humanities Tour with forty other Milligan College students, recorded a temperature of 113° on the beach of Glyfada, Greece. Ted N. Thomas (ΦΑΘ) Humanities Journal, June 24, 2007

Birthdays: In 1771 physiocrat and chemist Éleuthère Irénée du Pont in Paris, France . . .  in 1803 hymn composer (“Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus”) George J. Webb near Sal­is­bu­ry, Wilt­shire, Eng­land . . .  in 1813 abolitionist and “the most famous man in America” Henry Ward Beecher in Litchfield Ct, . . . and in 1842 satirist Ambrose Bierce in Meigs County, OH. This is also the birthday of Emmanuel Christian Seminary M.Div. student Colin James Hoover in Rockville,MD . . . and of rising Milligan College junior Megan Lashes Dula-Eliott in 1996.

Elsewhere . . .

In 1793 France adopted its first republican constitution.

In 1861, pursuant to a statewide referendum on the question on June 8, Tennessee Governor I. G. Harris declared his state no longer a part of the Union. Samuel W. Scott and Samuel P. Angel, History of the Thirteenth Regiment, Tennessee Volunteer Cavalry, U.S.A. (Philadelphia: P. W. Ziegler and Co., 1903), pp. 44-45.

In 1936 Joe DiMaggio hit two home runs in a single inning.

In 1949 Hopalong Cassidy started airing as an NBC Television western.


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